May 15, 2008

Family Matters

My uncle died last Tuesday. I got a nice letter from my cousins (apparently mailed the day before) in which we were exhorted to "go beyond the usual cards and flowers" to do something really special for him - send him a letter. So I started composing one for him in my head. It said only this:

"You and I both know what you did, but I forgive you. Thank you for what you gave to me. Have a nice trip."
With a strike-anywhere match enclosed, so he could destroy the evidence and what it might have wrongly suggested to prying eyes, after his death.

But then, oops, he died. I thought I was off the hook. But then my cousin asked me if I'd written a letter and I said I did but didn't have a chance to mail it in time. So my cousin asked me to send it anyway, because his Mom was collecting the letters in a memorial book. Erk! What should I do?? I'd rather just send a letter to my aunt.


Yvonne Montgomery said...

Write a different letter, Red. Something you can live with. Too late for the old man. Love and hugs. Y.

Immoral Matriarch said...

Agree with Yvonne. :)

Cindy said...

Nah--don't send it. But I don't think you have to feel obligated to send anything unless you want to, regardless of what your cousin says.